ASUS’ pretty, low-value Zenfone 2 hits North America tomorrow
ASUS’s Zenfone 2 is not precisely an unknown amount — we first noticed it at CES earlier this yr, and since then the factor’s been trickling onto retailer cabinets around the globe. Nonetheless, after a surreal, barely-awkward-barely-cool dance quantity, chairman Jonney Shih made an look in New York to speak about bringing the corporate’s latest flagship(s) to the US. Lengthy story brief, we’re getting two fashions round these elements, one which’ll value $199 off-contract and one other that’ll run you $299. Learn on for a greater sense of that your arduous-earned scratch will get you.
The nicer of the 2 Zenfones comes with Intel’s 2.3GHz quad-core Z3580 chipset, 64GB of inner storage and 4GB of twin-channel RAM, a primary that Shih and his crew are joyful to crow about. We do not typically see Intel chips in excessive-finish smartphones, however this one must be an actual barn-burner if the 3DMark and GFXBench benchmarks trotted out on-stage are any indication. The cheaper mannequin runs with a barely pokier 1.8GHz chipset and 2GB of RAM, together with a scant 16GB of storage. Behind these 5.5-inch 1080p screens,although, you will additionally discover a mobile radio that helps LTE Cat4 with service aggregation (lengthy story brief: you might theoretically get knowledge speeds of as much as 250Mbps in the best markets) and a thirteen-megapixel digital camera tricked out with a slew of ASUS’ images tips. Throw all that into arched our bodies festooned by meticulously etched concentric circles and you have the Zenfone 2 in an impressively low cost nutshell. Curiosity piqued? So’s ours. Fortunately, the wait at this level is principally nil: You’ll decide one up beginning tomorrow (also called Might nineteenth) within the US from Amazon, B&H, Newegg and Groupon… for some cause.